What was Early explorers name for the great plains?
The 'great auk,' a flightless bird which is now extinct, was originally called 'penguin.' When explorers reached Antarctica, they were reminded of the great auk and transferred the name upon them. Therefore, the early penguins are now known as the great auk and the similar flightless birds of Antarctica are known as penguins. The derivative of the word 'penguin' is unknown.